Education program honors Kansas insurance professional and New York high school teacher.
Alexandria, VA – September, 2018 – Invest today announced it has awarded the 2018 Invest Teacher of the Year Award to Linda Bruno, a business teacher at Dryden High School in upstate New York and the 2018 Invest Volunteer of the Year award to John Scheck, a claims representative at Insurance Planning Inc. in Hays, Kansas.
The annual awards honor an Invest teacher and an Invest Volunteer who have made substantial contributions to their students by teaching them about insurance through the Invest online curriculum. Teachers and volunteers also work to highlight the many interesting careers in the insurance industry by bringing professionals to speak in their classrooms and arrange field trips to insurance agencies and companies.
Founded in 1970, the Invest program offers free online insurance education, lesson plans and activities to teachers and insurance professional volunteers nationwide. Currently there are 890 Invest programs throughout the U.S. with over 31,000 students participating in the insurance education program. Invest is a key driver in attracting new talent into the insurance industry which could have 400,000 open positions in the next decade.
"Dedicated teachers and volunteers like Linda and John are key to the success of the Invest program which provides much needed financial literacy education," says Lindsey Shank, Invest board chair and a vice president at McGriff Insurance Services in St. Petersburg, Florida. "And Invest is proud to have stellar instructors like Linda and John as part of our program."
Invest teachers educate their students about insurance through an interactive and engaging curriculum. Linda Bruno’s Invest students enjoy field trips to local insurance agencies where they can "job shadow" insurance professionals. They also role play with agents who visit their classroom in scenarios like buying auto or homeowners insurance or even starting their own (simulated) insurance agency.
Linda helped to develop her school’s Invest program in the early 1990s, enhancing it as the years progressed with the addition of guest speakers, field trips, job shadowing, mock job interviews, career days and internship opportunities.
“I’m so proud when Invest graduates return to my class as active workers in the insurance industry to give presentations to her current students,” Linda says. “Whenever a speaker visits, I have my students participate by welcoming guests, photographing the events and introducing the speakers.”
As an Invest volunteer, John Scheck has made a significant contribution in fostering the growth and development of young people in the insurance industry. He has also served on several boards of local nonprofit, civic and educational entities. John currently champions the Invest Insurance Program in a local public school and is starting to introduce the program to several other Central Kansas high schools.
A strong advocate for inviting insurance representatives to get in front of students and share their experiences and expertise, John even encourages his students to attend local conferences or seminars to learn even more about the industry.
“Invest has given me the opportunity to give back to my community,” John says, “and I see the program helping to create a youth movement to develop new talent for insurance.”